Parking Tickets

David Yassky is pushing a bill that would extend most-favored-parker status for some large businesses in the city. As I understand it, businesses that agree to give up their right to contest tickets are given a break on the total fines of the tickets they are issued. Yassky says this bill makes it a little bit easier for businesses making deliveries to do business in the city. Opponents say the law increases traffic and congestion and gives large businesses preferential treatment.

As part of the congestion pricing plan, I thought that parking fines for commercial vehicles should be reduced in the city. This would have offset the cost of entering the congestion zone for commercial vehicles, and, combined with the benefits of less congestion, would have addressed much of the “working class” objection to Blomberg’s plan.